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How Weight Loss Supplements Work

Do weight loss supplements target appetite suppression OR do they simply melt away pounds?

Unfortunately, nothing but nothing can melt off pounds except consuming less calories and performing activity that will pull from the energy reserves.

Most weight loss supplements tend to target appetite suppression - at times, with unpleasant results: racing heart, breathing difficulties and even death can occur in certain individuals.

Side Effects of Weight Loss Pills

Are weight loss pills safe?

A tricky question.

Although many weight loss pills abound at the local market, some are prepared with a mix of mysterious miracle herbs which need not receive approval from the FDA.

In turn, many weight loss pills can cause a herd of woes for the trusting dieter, often with troublesome side effects.

Some individuals have even lost their life due to a reaction to over the counter magic weight loss pills.

On the other hand, there are many weight loss pills that come with low risks that can be prescribed by your doctor.

Weight loss pills can be effective in curbing hunger, although they do not have the ability to melt pounds from the body.

At least, not yet. Curbing appetite and hunger can help the individual drop those unwanted pounds but again - they cannot melt weight off the body. They work solely by curbing the appetite.

What are the side effects of weight loss pills?

Weight loss pills may present the following side effects. Keep in mind that different concoctions of weight loss pills render different side effects, so these are the most common side effects:

Decrease in sex drive.

Rapid pulse, rapid heartbeat.

Digestive issues, including diarrhea.

Dizziness, fainting, weakness.

Although rare, death may occur.

Why can't I lose weight as quickly as I can gain weight?

Weight loss doesn't come as easily as weight gain.

For example, over the course of the day an average individual who is at their recommended weight consumes about 2,000 calories.

Weight remains steady because the body doesn't recognize the food as food, but as energy - and it needs all 2,000 calories of energy just to survive.

If this individual were to go outside their 2,000 daily calorie requirement and consumes an 800-calorie piece of pecan pie, they would need to work off all 800 calories in order to avoid weight gain.

An adult male weighing 180 pounds would need to jog for about 1 hour in order to burn off those extra calories - a bit unlikely for the common, everyday individual.

And because we are able to easily consume more calories than we can burn off, weight loss doesn't come as quickly as weight gain

Blood pressure issues.


Calories in a Pound

How many calories are in a pound: 3,500 calories OR 2,000 calories?

3,500 calories. The misconception that 2,000 calories is in a pound is common because most product and consumer  nutrition information is based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.

Sugar Substitute Safety

True or False

Sugar Substitutes are safe for everyone.

False. Sugar substitutes can present side-effects in certain individuals, including after taste, headaches and rashes. Children with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare inherited disease, should avoid aspertame at all costs.

Skim Milk Calories

True or False

Skim milk contains about 1/2 the calories of whole milk.

True. A cup of skim milk contains 80 calories while a cup of whole milk contains 160 calories. Go skim for weight loss!


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